April marks Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise understanding about autism, beyond the statistics. It is about real people; children, adults and families affected. As a community, it’s important to take time to pause and learn more about this integral part of our population. Inclusion is important for everyone, and individuals with autism should not be left out.
At Catapult Learning, we serve students in grades PreK-12th grade with autism spectrum exceptionalities, specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and more. It is common to find defined splinter skills in children and adolescents with autism, as well as a large gap between receptive and expressive language skills, which can hinder social abilities and lead to maladaptive behaviors. Every day, we are working to bridge that gap and help our students grow into well-adapted adults. In fact, our greatest measure of success is when parents and guardians tell us how amazed they are at how well their child is doing in situations and interactions with other members of the community.